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Microsoft Brings Lync, Skype Closer Together

Microsoft adds video chat integration to Lync and Skype, touts emerging era of universal communications.

Microsoft Corporate VP for Lync & Skype Engineering Gurdeep Singh Pall.
Microsoft Corporate VP for Lync & Skype Engineering Gurdeep Singh Pall.

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SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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2/20/2014 | 8:51:08 AM
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Microsoft now "offers a platform that allows people to start a conversation anywhere and from almost any device, and to rely on a cloud service that connects them with anyone on the planet," 

 

This is a great theory but I have yet to see anything that works this smoothly even things like using Lync via the web is clunky.  I had some issues recently joining a Lync meeting because I was behind another company's firewall and couldn't reach my Lync server.  It took 20 minutes to get out to the web based client, install, authenticate and join the meeting.  Luckily the people waiting on me really wanted to talk to me.  Any solution needs to be much easier to deal with than this if we're going to get past using it for internal communication only.

 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/19/2014 | 2:08:41 PM
Re: Chrome ...
Agreed. People need to communicate with other people in multiple ways, in multiple roles, from multiple locations, and at multiple times. Divisions aren't very clear anymore, and for products like Skype and Lync, it's silly to erect artificial separations between corporate and personal. I think Microsoft is making good moves in this case.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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2/19/2014 | 2:05:18 PM
Re: Chrome ...
The vision to not separate consumer and enterprise markets has been pushed forwarded by former CEO Steve Ballmer. Where communication is concerned, separating the two could have an even greater negative impact on productivity, seems like a good move to integrate Lync and Skype.

Integration across platforms would help productivity to be higher through unified communication, but waiting too long could prove to be costly, as it did when Microsoft waited too long to enter the mobile space or cloud computing.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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2/19/2014 | 1:04:30 PM
Re: Chrome ...
Chromebooks seems to have replaced iPads as "enemy number one" in Microsoft advertising, but I don't think they can wait for long.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/19/2014 | 12:59:59 PM
Chrome ...
Still waiting for a Skype app for Chromebooks ...
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